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The use of dental implants for restoring the function of the smile after tooth loss

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Whether patients have lost teeth from decay, disease, or extraction, our professionals at Lerner and Lemongello Dentistry understand how frustrating it can be to make a decision in regards to replacing these teeth. Drs. Jay M. Lerner and Gerard J. Lemongello provide patients with a myriad of options that can be used for smile enhancement, including the most desirable option of dental implants.

Understanding dental implants

With tooth loss comes a change in one’s aesthetic appearance as well as their ability to eat and speak. If left unaddressed, it can also result in bone loss as the bone shrinks, causing existing teeth to become loose. By using restorations such as dental implants, patients can restore the function and beauty of their smile, while also maintaining their bone. This is because dental implants are placed into the bone of the jaw during oral surgery and stimulate bone growth through a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration allows the bone to wrap around the implant and give it a sturdy foundation for proper functionality and improved integration into the smile. Unlike other restorations, such as bridges and dentures, which can result in bone loss, dental implants can improve the bone while also providing a stable replacement.

How are dental implants restored?

Dental implants are versatile, and the way in which they are restored depends on the way they are being used. Patients may use a dental implant to replace a single tooth, during which the implant will be restored with a dental crown over the abutment. If patients are using the dental implant to anchor one or both ends of a dental bridge, they may be used in this manner as well. Some patients have dental implants placed along the dental arch to hold a full denture, ensuring stability and strength when compared to the use of natural suction or dental adhesives. 

Improve the function and beauty of your smile with dental implants!

Dental implants are one of several tooth restoration treatments available at Lerner and Lemongello Dentistry. Contact our professionals, Drs. Jay M. Lerner and Gerard J. Lemongello, today to discuss dental implants and other alternatives by calling (561) 627-9000 to schedule your appointment. We are conveniently located at 5602 PGA Boulevard, Suite #201 in the Palm Beach Gardens, FL area.

Dental Implants: Are You Calculating the Cost Right?

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Dental Implants Palm Beach Gardens FL Whether you are having your teeth cleaned or having them whitened or restored, the treatments you obtain signify an investment in your oral health and overall well-being.  Most of the procedures that are conducted in the dental office fall well into the category of “affordable,” especially with the added bonus of insurance coverage. Dental implant treatment may not seem to fit in with procedures like crowns and fillings. Because the up-front cost of dental implants is higher than other restorative options, there may be a misperception that those other options are more affordable. Here, we take a look at the right way to calculate the costs of dental implants.

Calculate Based on Lifespan

As necessary as it is to consider the initial costs of any dental treatment, it is also wise to look at the long-term gains that are offered by each option. Dental implants are surgical-grade titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone. Bone grows around the posts and, barring any deterioration related to advanced periodontal disease, can secure the implants for life. Most conventional restorations, like bridges and dentures, last around 15 years. Studies have observed the stability of dental implants lasting 50 years.

Calculate Based on Maintenance

During the lifespan of a denture appliance, several adjustments are necessary to maintain a good fit. When to maintenance costs of dentures and bridges are compared to those related to dental implants, research estimates that the “less expensive” dentures or bridge may ultimately cost up to 10% more than implants.

Calculating the Benefits of Dental Implants

We don’t replace teeth just so the smile can be complete. We replace teeth because they are vital to our ability to speak, chew, and smile with full confidence. Studies demonstrate the high success rate of dental implants to meet patients’ needs for stability and comfort. No other method of tooth replacement has come close to restoring the natural feel achieved with dental implants. Many patients even say that they can’t tell the difference between their real teeth and their new teeth. So it begs to question, how valuable is quality of life?

Learn more about the dental implant process and how it can help you feel good about your smile again. Call our Palm Beach Gardens office at (561) 627-9000.

Is There a Right Way to Replace Missing Teeth?

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Dental Implants Palm Beach Gardens, FLTooth loss has always been a problem that humans have sought to remedy. It has taken many centuries to get to where we are today, and it is hard to imagine technology will get any better. We know it will, but in the meantime, we are pleased to offer patients two options for tooth replacement that restore natural appearance and functional chewing.

Now that patients have two options from which to choose, it is important to know how they differ to discern how to best achieve individual goals in tooth replacement. Here, we want to look at a comparison between dental implants and dental bridge treatment for partial tooth loss.

A Side by Side . . .

We’ll first look at dental bridges because they have been used for a longer period. This method of tooth restoration involves filling a gap between two teeth with a pontic, or tooth made of ceramic material. What keeps the pontic in place is two dental crowns. The three “teeth” are fused during the fabrication process. Then, the entire fixture is seated over the teeth adjacent to space. For these teeth to hold the pontic, they must be reduced before fitting crowns over them.

Dental implants are still relatively new in the grand scheme of dentistry. These fixtures were first used more than fifty years ago, and yet they have only recently picked up steam regarding popularity. A dental implant is an artificial root. It is made of titanium or another biocompatible material. When a tooth is missing, an implant is inserted into the jawbone where the natural root used to be.

Important Points for Tooth Replacement

  • A dental bridge is initially less costly than dental implant treatment.
  • Dental bridge treatment does not involve oral surgery.
  • A bridge places extra stress on supporting teeth.
  • Dental implants can last decades without special care.
  • By replacing the root, it becomes possible to preserve healthy jawbone structure.

One of the biggest considerations of tooth replacement is how to maximize cost effectiveness. A comparison of costs and longevity is an excellent way to come to the conclusion that works for you. To discuss your treatment options for tooth replacement, call our Palm Beach Gardens office at (561) 627-9000.

Dental Implants: Get the Facts

Dental ImplantsYour teeth are fixtures that you expect to see in your mouth every day from here on out. The fact that tooth loss is in unexpected event doesn’t mean that it is uncommon. In fact, statistics show that a fair number of adults will lose a tooth – or several, far before they may believe they should. Really, we do not need to view tooth loss as a normal part of aging. The team at Lerner & Lemongello work diligently to help our patients enjoy lasting oral health and beauty. At the same time, we have obtained the necessary skills that enable us to replace missing teeth in the most appropriate manner.

Today, the most efficient way to restore normal function is to look beyond tooth structure and notice the importance of a firm foundation. That would be your teeth roots. In lieu of roots, it is implants that supply you with the stability you need to feel comfortable in your smile. Information about dental implants should be obtained from your Palm Beach Gardens dentist. Otherwise, you may fall for misinformation such as:

  • It is too costly to restore the smile with dental implants. Any form of restorative care comes at a cost. Also, all forms of restoration have a life span. It is important not to overlook the longevity of your new structure when assessing the cost-effectiveness of treatment. Dental implants are structures that integrate into the jawbone. As such, they can last decades. They can last a lifetime. There isn’t much more cost-effectiveness than that.
  • You cannot count on dental implants. To believe that you cannot count on dental implants would be akin to thinking you cannot rely on your natural roots to stabilize your teeth. Natural roots and implants are supported by the same bone, which means that the primary factor in success is bone health. It is generally possible to preserve healthy bone tissue by taking care to prevent gum disease.
  • Implant treatment results in a fake looking smile. Fortunately for patients of our Palm Beach area office, the restorations that top dental implants are created by experienced cosmetic dentists and ceramists who have honed their craft. The results of dental implant treatment don’t just look authentic, they also recreate the natural feel of your teeth.

We are happy to discuss your options for tooth replacement. Schedule your consultation by calling (561) 627-9000.

 

Should You Get Dental Implants?

dental implantsAnyone can be a candidate for a dental implant – the artificial replacement of the root of a natural tooth. There are many reasons for replacing a tooth – cavities, periodontal disease, bone loss, missing teeth, failed dental work, and injury or trauma to name but a few.

Even though dentistry has come a very long way, millions of Americans continue to suffer from missing teeth. For centuries, the only treatment options available were fixed bridges and removable dentures. But today, dental implants provide a better, more naturally looking alternative. Dental implants begin with a titanium post which provides a strong foundation for the replacement tooth.

If you are suffering from a missing or diseased tooth, the first thing to do is gather information about the many options for replacement that are available to you. At Lerner & Lemongello, we will explain all of our tooth replacement options to you, interpret your x-rays, and answer your questions. Our goal is your satisfaction. Our mission is to help your smile become the best it can be. We can replace one tooth…or several.

You should begin implant treatment only when you are ready…when you decide…but let us help you make that decision. Life is too short to suffer with teeth that are less-than ideal. Your self-esteem, self-confidence and even your intimacy can be tied to how you feel about your smile.

Say goodbye to your dentures, replace your missing teeth. The dental implant procedure is simple, recovery is fast and implants are easy to maintain. Dental implants look natural and will last for decades with the proper care. Of course, your daily oral health routine is crucial. You must continue to floss and brush and see your dentist twice a year for a good cleaning and check-up.

Get your smile back. Call us for a consultation appointment, today, to learn more about a dental implant procedure. You won’t regret it: (561) 627-9000.

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